Category Archives: London Assembly

Tory MP Philp’s claims on Congestion Charge quickly unravel

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest wrong turns through Britain’s political swamp made by Croydon’s Tory MP It seems that letting Chris Philp out in public, to spout from his own script, has caused the government problems again, … Continue reading

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Crowley stands down as Tory opposition leader in Sutton

EXCLUSIVE: Our Sutton reporter CARL SHILTON on the latest leadership change in a south London borough All change! Tim Crowley today became the fourth leader of a Town Hall political group in south London in the past few weeks to … Continue reading

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10 tips to help you and others on World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Here, ROWENNA DAVIS (left) outlines some of the things which all of us can do to help others, and to help ourselves We need World Mental Health Day more than ever this year. According … Continue reading

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Time to reverse the damaging cuts to London’s youth services

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After a decade of austerity, it is long overdue for the government to fund properly the capital’s youth services, says Green Party Mayoral candidate SIAN BERRY London’s youth services are in crisis. Councils have been under pressure to … Continue reading

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LibDem campaign disarray over candidate’s antisemitic tirade

Well, that didn’t last long. Geeta Sidhu-Robb has been forced out of the race to be the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for London Mayor after it was revealed she had delivered a public antisemitic tirade in 1997, when a Tory parliamentary … Continue reading

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LibDems finally reveal candidates to run for London Mayor

The human dynamos who run the Liberal Democrat party today finally got round to naming their candidates for selection to be the fourth-placed finisher in next May’s London Mayoral election – a mere six weeks after their original choice announced … Continue reading

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Train on a free course to help others suffering the covid blues

The council is offering a two-day online course for residents to become mental health “first aiders”. Funded by Transport for London and the council, the course is in response to findings from charity Mind which showed the scale of the … Continue reading

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Loss of free travel for children is another Tory-made mess

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory transport minister is ‘stealing free travel from young Londoners just when they need it most’. By CAROLINE RUSSELL, the Green Party London Assembly Member Schools are now going back but nobody can yet tell under-18s in … Continue reading

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Met Police suffers £1bn ‘daylight robbery’ from Tories

The capital is being “ludicrously short-changed” by the anti-London Tory government, after it received as much as four times less funding from the government’s Safer Streets scheme than smaller regions of the country with lesser amounts of crime, according to … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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Conservatives’ anti-London policies have put Bailey in the dock

Covid-19 forced the postponement of the London elections in May. Now, as our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports, with candidates dropping out and the dire performance of the Tory candidate, the capital is destined to endure the ‘forgotten election’ So … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 London elections, Boris Johnson, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Rory Stewart, Sadiq Khan, Shaun Bailey | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Leaderless LibDems now lose their London Mayor candidate

The Liberal Democrats, without a party leader for more than six months, have now lost their London Mayoral candidate, too, after Siobhan Benita withdrew from the contest this morning. What is often regarded as a “two-horse race” between Labour and … Continue reading

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UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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Assembly told track and trace app ‘may not work’ in London

The government’s self-acclaimed “world-beating” track and trace app won’t be available for use in London “until the autumn”, and even then, it may not work properly in the capital. That was the stark assessment of a key tool in Prime … Continue reading

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Call for clubs to condemn Football Lads’ Whitehall protest

Hundreds of far-right hooligans, calling themselves “Football Lads”, are planning to descend on London on Saturday to confront the next Black Lives Matter protest. They say that they want to “defend” the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square and the … Continue reading

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Tin-eared Tories look to dump Bailey’s lacklustre Mayor bid

Our political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how the Conservatives are beginning to panic over their gormless candidate for London Mayor Reports emerged overnight that the Tories are giving serious consideration to dumping their candidate for London Mayor, Shaun Bailey. As … Continue reading

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#Onetin: You can make a difference to reduce food insecurity

ROWENNA DAVIS, pictured right, and her covid-19 mutual aid group are making a difference to those struggling in poverty – one tin at a time At the beginning of this crisis, food insecurity was widespread, as supermarket shelves were stripped … Continue reading

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Negrini faces showdown meetings over finances next week

A consultant ‘parachuted in’ to salvage the council’s rocky finances will deliver a vital report next Tuesday, STEVEN DOWNES reports, as Croydon’s £1.5bn borrowings have been described by a local MP as ‘reckless’ and its financial position ‘unsustainable’  The dire … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon North, Croydon South, Jo Negrini, London Assembly, Patsy Cummings, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tories play politics over covid emergency funding for TfL

The emergency cash bail-out for London’s transport system sees the capital’s Labour Mayor hand much control to the Tories running the government, reports WALTER CRONXITE The Tories have put political point-scoring ahead of public health, after the government last night … Continue reading

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Tories sigh with relief as Stewart exits London Mayor campaign

Rory Stewart, the former Tory leadership candidate who was expelled from the Conservatives at Westminster because of his implacable opposition to Boris Johnson’s stance on Brexit, has withdrawn from the London Mayoral campaign. What do you mean, you didn’t know … Continue reading

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Ten top tips to help do your bit during the covid-19 emergency

After more than a week of the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve probably all got more time on our (very well-washed) hands than we know what to do with. Here, Croydon teacher and volunteer ROWENNA DAVIS (pictured left) offers some suggestions about … Continue reading

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‘A time to prepare, not panic’ MP Jones says over coronavirus

Croydon, London and much of the country was going into a self-imposed lockdown today, as sports events, concerts and other public gatherings, large and small, were being postponed or called off to try to avoid the spread of coronavirus. In … Continue reading

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Labour council threatens £1m of cuts over mayor referendum

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, watched Monday night’s full council meeting so you didn’t have to Croydon Council will spend £1million on staging, and contestng, a referendum over whether the borough should have a mayor directly elected by all Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Court ruling against airport expansion is problem for Newman

This morning’s Court of Appeal ruling that a third runway at Heathrow is unlawful could put Croydon’s council leader Tony Newman’s bollocks in a vice. For not only has the ruling managed to coalesce opposition, legally and environmentally, against airport … Continue reading

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